i’ve actually never been the biggest fan of scott schuman’s incredibly popular blog, the sartorialist. me, i like a little more text in my daily reads (shocking, i know). and if i’m honest, i’m often bored by the ‘street looks’ thing. especially in this case, there just seemed to be too many looks i couldn’t wrap my mind around, or just plain hated. which then made me feel fashion-challenged and inferior, and really, i’m not looking to get a complex from a blog.
the point (yes, there is one) is that i actually love his new book. love it. picked it up, leafed through every single one of its 512 pages, and have revisited it several times. it’s a pared down version of the best and most interesting looks from his site – along with a little bit of text to explain just a few of the looks (true to form, schuman’s words are few, but well-placed).
after going through the book, i realized two things. first, i shouldn’t have been letting his blog make me feel bad (duh). every look is there because it’s unique and striking, not necessarily perfect (and definitely not perfect for me). and second, i know i’m going to be turning to this book on a regular basis…in fact, i even got out my mini post-it flags to mark some of my favorites. it’s a great place to look for ideas to update looks you’re already wearing, and to be reminded of old rules. pairing a floral dress with a bright belt and black ankle boot is great. but pale gold flats and a bicycle work equally well. mixing patterns? be bold! tights can be transformative. classic is always, always in style. and, oh yes, never forget the potential of a rolled sleeve or pant cuff.
i’m probably still a little too fashion-challenged and inferior for that last one, but you never know…schuman may convince me yet!